Saturday, September 24, 2011

NASA Unbolts Open Source Space Applications Challenge

Network World (09/20/11) Michael Cooney

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) recently announced an open source-based application competition with the goal of delivering a new generation of software that can address space, weather, and economic issues. NASA will collaborate with other interested space agencies worldwide on an International Space Apps Challenge that will encourage researchers to create, build, and invent new applications that can address world-class issues. "The International Space Apps Challenge is an innovative international collaboration that accelerates the development of solutions focused on making government better and addressing critical issues on our planet, such as (but not limited to) weather impacts on the global economy and depletion of ocean resources," according to NASA. The agency wants a collaborative platform to share early-stage government technology-based innovations, which can receive feedback from citizens and commercial stakeholders. In addition, NASA wants a tool to leverage distributed crowdsourcing analysis by citizens to help process, archive, distribute, and visualize data for space exploration.
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